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TSSoGP#2. Am having the uneasy feeling that Top Secret SoG Project #2 is going to turn out to be longer than I initially thought. It's just... I dunno, there so much interesting stuff to explore and dig into. I'm sort of in a mood where I want to slow down and sink into my settings and characters. But mostly it's that I know what my story is, and it's not short. As in, I now have > 3000 words of outline + sketched-out fragments, which is enough that I know it'll grow into a large-ish story.
It's not fluffy, though it has some fluff in it.
Time pressure is sort of noticeable on this one, what with there being less than two weeks left. Plus side: vacation next week, so I can deep-end. No, I really have no life these days aside from work and writing. I am okay with that for the moment; still recovering from my last bout with life.
Structural games in Blackmail. I'm not working on this actively at the moment, but I was thinking about how to approach writing it. I observe a few things. 69 prompts total. The first section used 7 prompts. So, 10 parts each using 7 prompts. The last will have to be an no-prompt epilogue-y wrapup thing.
My intention is to re-tell the ending of Season 4, the Initiative plot, with focus on what I think are the interesting aspects of that storyline. Season 4 is where my serious canon-rewrite urges kick in. I think they killed off Professor Walsh way too soon; she was far more interesting than that Adam thing. As was Spike. I do so love evil!Spike, struggling against the restraints of the chip with all he's got.
I don't know if two examples make a pattern, but if so each seven-part Blackmail mini-arc is going to look like this:
section | pov1 | pov2
1. Problem statement. Buffy | Giles
2. Decision. Giles | Buffy
3. Exploration; character movement. Giles | Buffy
4. Emotional intensity raised. Buffy | Giles
5. Kink; tension raised. Buffy | Giles
6. Sex; tension released. Buffy | (Giles)
7. Sequel; decisions. Giles | (Buffy)
Which is not so bad as a starting point. It lets me break up the project into manageable chunks. But I still need to figure out where I'm going overall. The overt goal might be to write smut, but I need the plot underlying it to allow me to do so. It turns out that when I try to write PWP, what I end up with with Plot With Smut Tacked On.
But really I think I'm going to end my days as a cranky gen writer. Sometimes I just lose faith in the smut and want something ... chewier. Plots. Invention. New settings. Serious challenges for the characters. Add some smooching to that and I'm in heaven. And I feel I ought to walk the walk there, and write what I want to read.